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the military is awaiting word from president assad to unleash on his own people. a senior u.s. official telling fox news the chemical weapons have been locked and loaded into aiaerial bombs. if the gas is discharged, it will only take one minute to kill tens of thousands of people, just one minute. there's nothing the u.s. military or any military can do to help them once it's been released. fox news national security correspondent jennifer griffin has the latest. jennifer? >> reporter: according to a source i spoke to moments ago, the sarin gas could be deliverable in civil ways, but it's believed t to have been placed in fracture i can'table s that can be dropped from planes. according to the source, they think it's in aerosol form. the u.s. military is making contingency plans should assad leave suddenly. there are indications that various middle eastern countries are trying to find a place to give assad asylum according to diplomatic sources. as you mentioned, senior u.s. official also told fox earlier today that the sarin had been mixed and had been weaponized and that that sarin, once tha
. secretary of state hillary clinton did an unusual thing and warned president assad there will be consequences if he crosses a line and uses chemical weapons. we know why. pentagon sources tell nbc news the syrian government has loaded seran gas a deadly nerve agent, into aerial bombs and is just waiting for a command from president assad to use it. this week u.s. intelligence detected that flurry of activity at chemical weapon sites. >> our concerns are an increasingly desperate assad regime might turn to chemical weapons or might lose control of them to one of the many groups that are now operating within syria. we have sent an unmistakable message that this would cross a red line and those responsible would are held to account. >> this morning in dublin a sign that the diplomacy is intensifying secretary clinton met with her counterpart, russian minister lab rov and a u.n. special envoy on the side of an international security conference she is taking part in. russia is one of syria's main allies but have opposed and opposed any u.n. measures against him up until
. and all it would take is the final order from syrian president assad. as the fighting grows more intense and syrian rebels close in on damascus, the syrian regime has turned very desperate. u.s. officials tell nbc news the syrian military has now loaded the pre cursor for bombs, that could be dropped from dozens of fighter bombers. this week, u.s. intelligence detected a flurry of activity here, near homes. today, while u.s. officials confirm the precursor chemicals are loaded, they must still be mixed together to create the deadly gas. the alarm shook the world, including president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton issued strong warnings to syria's president assad, there would be strong consequences if he used chemical weapons. >> they would lose any sort of backing they had with china and russia, in terms of blocking the vote. >> reporter: the chemical mix is devastating. iraq's saddam used it in 1988. u.s. officials stress tonight that as of now these weapons remain in the depots have not been loaded on to any planes, and that president assad has not given any orders to use
-called precurser chemicals, as chemical weapons that could be deployed as aerial bombs. and president assad staying in power, could use such chemical weapons against his own people. from the defense secretary on down, the world be reacted to the news today. we begin with our chief foreign correspondent affairs, andrea mitchell. >> reporter: they warned today that the chemical threat is imminent, from a syrian regime that seems to be losing control. >> reporter: with the war turning against the syrian regime, fears rose of a nightmare scenario that once cornered the desperate bashar al-assad, may use chemical weapons against the world or against his own people. >> the whole world is watching, the whole world is watching very closely. and the president of the united states has made very clear that there will be consequences. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence as first reported by nbc news indicates that syria's military has loaded the precursor bombs, even a tiny bomb can attack the nervous system, killing within seconds or minutes, most of syria's sophisticated weapons are from russia, syria's most powe
in the city of damascus. this is fueling concerns that bashar al-assad may resort to desperate mets yourself to hold onto power. we are learning more about the damage from a powerful earthquake in japan. the 77.2 quake sparking a tsunami in an area still recovering from last year's disaster. the latest coming up in a live report. jon: fox news alert for you now. you are looking live at the shores of lake michigan just off chicago where this historic world war ii aircraft has been recovered. it has been lying on the bottom of lake michigan for the last 65 years or so. it was recently located, and it is being brought to the surface. this from illinois. this plane was part of a check out ride for a pilot learning to land on aircraft carriers, it was his third check out flight. they used to put the aircraft carriers on lake michigan for these practice tips. he was trying to take off and the engine sputtered and died, the plane went into the water, sank about 200 feet down and was lost until today. it is going to be put on display in the chicago area, and we should also note that a very generous
is anning to do if assad uses chemical weapons against his own people. and 24-year-old amy copeland contracted a deadly flesh eating disease in may. doctors gave her a 1% chance of "outfront" to talk about it. let's go "outfront." tonight, gangnam style. yep, this is how one man sees the fiscal cliff and it's a pretty important man. this is alan simpson. ♪ yep. that maybe the most action the fiscal cliff saw today. here's the scene on capitol hill at noon. yep, people leaving. members of congress leaving washington, heading home on wednesday afternoon. one man left standing was the house speaker and he says i'm not going anywhere. >> i'll be here and i'll be available at any moment to sit down with the president to get serious about solving this problem. >> but of course, it takes two to tango, so where does president obama stand? >> we can probably solve this in about a week. it's not that tough. >> it's not that tough. he's absolutely right about that. but we heard early this evening that the president and speaker boehner did speak late today on the phone, so that's good news, b
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house today. barbara? >> reporter: just a year ago this month, i met with president assad in damascus and i questioned him about the slaughter of his people. since then, 40,000 people have been killed. well, today, president obama had some big news. for the first time, he is putting the syrian opposition on the path to be recognized as the new government if and when assad falls. i'd like to talk about syria. do you plan to recognize the opposition and give them some legitimacy? >> we've made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population, that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people, in opposition to the assad regime, and so we will provide them recognition and obviously with that recognition comes the responsibilities on the part of that coalition. >> reporter: that's a big step. >> it is a big step. there is a small element of those who oppose the assad regime that are, in fact, affiliated with al qaeda in iraq. and we have designated them, al nusra, as a terrorist
mideast bureau. what is the latest. >> reporter: as part of this sur push to topple the bashar al-assad we've seen heavy fighting in damascus, particularly around the airport. rebels are focusing in on that area. in the past three or four days we've seen all international flights in and out of the airport canceled. rebels have issued a warning saying civilians should leave the area. they've declared it a military zone. if rebels do take that airport it would be a major defeat for the bashar al-assad. it would cut off an important supply line for the bashar al-assad regime which relies on that airport to get supplies in and out. there are reports the rebels have gained access to heavy syrian tanks and other heavy weapons. much of the fighting is street to street, block to block, house to house, urban combat at its worst. hillary clinton says the events in syria are accelerating, and both sides are talking about some way to try to find some type of resolution to this war in syria that has lasted nearly two years long. russia a big supporter of the bashar al-assad, the russian foreign ministe
minister and middle east envoy tony blair had the same message for bashar al assad earlier today with season dad o'brien on "starting point." >> if there was any sense at all that assad was going to use chemical weapons or did use chemical weapons against his people, i would expect a tough response that would be military. >> the question tonight is what role will the united states play in such a quote, unquote, military response? "outfront" tonight, peter brooks, former deputy assistant secretary of defense under the bush administration, and colonel cedrick layton, former member of the joint staff. good to see both of you. colonel layton, let me start with you. if the united states were to get involved at this point, what would a serious u.s. military intervention in syria look like? >> it would probably, erin, start out with a no fly zone type operation, similar to what we had during operation southern watch, which -- and northern watch, which basically governed the skies over those parts of iraq after the first gulf war. that would be the first step. however, in order to secure
simple morality play, which is assad and his regime are awful, brutal dictators. they have been oppressing their people. on another level, it's complicated. there are a number of people against the government who are also bad guys. there are a lot of people supporting the government. a lot of kurds and christians and syrians in syria are supporting the government, not because they like the government -- >> you have assad fighting an al qaeda-linked group, so maybe we should be helping assad, according to logic. >> all of which tells you we need to learn more about what's going on. we need to support the good guys. i think we should do that and we can do that, but let's make sure they really are good guys. >> that brings me to the issue of chemical weapons. there's talk that russia has them and assad might use them. do you believe any of that? do we really know when you think back to iraq, do we really know what chemical weapons syria has and whether assad would use them or if they could come into the hands of the al qaeda-linked groups or rebels that could use them? >> my guess
the assad regime's lifeline to its few remaining allies. >> reporter: the outskirts of damascus have become a battleground with some of the fiercest fighting the city has seen yet. syrian rebels say they're closing in on the capital street by street. now, within their sights is their biggest target. the damascus international airport, about 12 miles southeast of the city. heavy dom bardment is reported today in the suburbs in the surrounding area. rebel leaders called the airport a legitimate target and gave a stark warning to the regime and outside travelers to avoid it at all costs. fighting near the airport forced the suspension of commercial flights this week. some airlines have already stopped all together. a rebel takeover of the airport would also cut off weapon supplies and allies like iran says andrew tabler of the washington institute near east policy. >> as the country's longest runways, from that location that jets from iran land, carrying a lot of sophisticated weapones, so knocking that location out. taking it over and holding it would allow the rebels to begin their push towa
of thousands of people. >> i would not put it past assad to use this weapon it's the kind of regime he's been leading. >> where are they taking you, john? >> to jail. >> john mcafee under arrest in guatemala for entering the country illegally. >> he vanished after his neighbor was found dead. >> the administration, are they prepared to go over the fiscal cliff. >> absolutely. >> fiscal cliff negotiations in washington, still up in the air. most lawmakers have gone home for a long weekend. >> i'll be here and i'll be available at any moment to sit down with the president if he gets serious about solving this problem. >> the duchess of cambridge has left hospital. there for morning sickness. >> how are you feeling this morning, kate? >> as of today, possession of small amounts of marijuana is legal in the state of washington. >>> now the 55th annual grammy awards revealed. the top contender, kanye west and jay-z. >> he's got it. kobe bryant. the greatest player in the history of the los angeles lakers. >> all that, ready for your mistake? >> yeah. i'd like to h
-and-death battle which high level diplomats say is bad and getting worse. despite its air power the assad regime appears increasingly on the defensive against rebel forces which according to israel's ambassador to the u.s. include a growing number of radical islamist. >> the jihadi presence is big and getting bigger. and the longer the conflict goes on there, the bigger it will get. >> the jihadies are an offshoot of al qaeda in iraq which ones fought a no holds bar battle against american troops. according to jeffrey white a former analyst for the defense intelligence agency, they are now turning the tide against the assad regime. >> they are very good fighters. they give the rebels a combat edge. they are quite willing to die, and they fight on all key fronts. they're involved in many of the key actions. these are not people we want to win. >> reporter: with the rebels making inroads on damascus itself, monitoring of syrian bases like this where chemical weapons are stored has detected evidence the assad regime may be preparing to use them in a last ditch attempt to save itself, an act the oba
is now formally recognizing the syrian rebels in an effort to put an end to president bashar al assad's rule. president obama made the announcement in an interview with abc news just hours before a meeting of syrian opposition leaders and their international allies in morocco. >> we've made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime, and so we will provide them recognition. and obviously, with that recognition comes responsibilities on the part of that coalition -- >> that's a big step. >> it is a big step. there is a small element of those who oppose the assad regime that are, in fact, affiliated with al qaeda in iraq, and we have designated them as a terrorist organization, and we are going to make clear to distinguish between those elements of the opposition. >> well, despite recognizing the rebel movement, the white house press secretary, jay carney, confirmed earlier in the day tha
that could have serious implications for the united states. in syria, with the assad regime growing increasingly desperate, intelligence reports indicate that a chemical attack against his own people could be imminent. even russia, syria's most powerful ally, is alarmed. their foreign minister met yesterday with secretary clinton, discussing the possibility of a syria without assad in power. this morning, rebels have declared damascus's airport a military target, warning civilians and airlines not to approach it. >>> and in egypt, tanks and barbed wire barricades returned to the streets of cairo as deadly protests raged outside the presidential palace. egyptian president mohamed morsi is calling for a national dialogue but is resolute about his controversial constitution. nbc's ayman mohyeldin is joining us live from cairo monitoring the situation. let's start with egypt. how much more trouble is morsi in there? >> reporter: well, he's definitely politically isolated because all of egypt's major political factions have really come out against him for both the constitutional decree t
crisis in syria. the reports frightening. the president bish charral assad preparing to release deadly gas on its people. >> hillary clinton releasing this statement yesterday events on the ground in syria are accelerating we see that in many different ways. the pressure against the regime in and around damascus seems to be increasing. what happens if assad does go forth with the chemical warfare. senator mccain is discussing the role of the united states. >> i think we would be directly responsible. all of those who argued against intervention warned us that if we intervene these terrible things would happen. well, we did intervene and all of these terrible things, the consequences have been huge as we sat by and watched these 40,000 people massacred. it was very clear that there is more al qaeda and jihadists in syria. some of the arms because we didn't supply it supplied from saudi arabia and qutar gone to saudi rab gnaw and jihadist. because we didn't establish a safe zone for them to organize and basically have a benghazi they have been disjointed and unable to coordinate together
to the syrian government to use them. the assad regime denies having chemical weapons and claims the reports are being used to justify an international invasion. after more than 20 months of fighting and more than 40,000 civilian deaths, syria's civil war appears to be at a cross roads. the fear of sarin gas is very real tonight. what are people there facing if the assad regime does use what they have or believe to have. i spoke with cnn contributor, former cia officer bob baer and dr. sanjay gupta. we talked about this last night, but explain again what one warhead filled with sarin could do. >> one of these shells and the standard shell the syrians put this in is a 122 millimeter shell, a standard artillery piece. if they were to drop this into a dense area, into damascus or a suburb of homs, it doesn't matter which town, it will instantly kill 18,000 within the first few minutes. >> from one shell? >> one single shell would immediately kill 18,000 people. you know, this is a liquid. it's dispersed. it sticks on you. you get a few -- a little bit in your system, and you're dead. >> sanjay,
on this big, big show, there's concern about the assad regime using chemical weapons in syria. also concerned, what happens if the rebels find those weapons first? we'll have a look at that serious issue ahead. >>> does the new movie "zero dark 30" cross the line when it comes to waterboarding? we'll hear from the filmmaker. plenty of gain, without all that pain... with olay. i tell them dentures are very different to real teeth. they're about 10 times softer and may have surface pores where bacteria can grow and multiply. polident is specifically designed to clean dentures daily. its unique micro-clean formula kills 99.9% of odor causing bacteria and helps dissolve stains, cleaning in a better way than brushing with toothpaste. that's why i recommend using polident. [ male announcer ] polident. cleaner, fresher, brighter every day. i just finished a bowl of your new light chicken pot pie soup and it's so rich and creamy... is it really 100 calories? let me put you on webcan... ...lean roasted chicken... and a creamy broth mmm i can still see you. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste
own people, it's awaiting final orders from president assad. this as protesters clash with supporters of mohammed morsi outside the presidential palace in cairo egypt. in that country's largest confrontation since the uprising of hosni mubarak. we're back with daniel henninger and editorial board member matt comiskey. so, bret. we were told if we did intervene in syria we could see chemical weapons used, civil war and radicalization and perhaps a regional conflict. >> now, we have all of those things. do you have imagine what might have happened if the obama administration had intervened early by imposing a no-fly zone at very little cost and risk to the united states over syria, if assad had been gone 12 months ago fwe were now in the midst of a transitional process with an opposition that hadn't been radicallized by the influx from jordan, iraq, from elsewhere. instead, we're having not only the syrian meltdown with serious consequences, but hundreds of thousands of refugees in turkey, destabilization of jordan and increasing inability in lebanon and this is spilling out all over th
group on the path to becoming syria's only government. if and when the rebels take out president assad's regime. >> we made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is nowusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime and so we will provide them recognition and obviously with that recognition comes responsibilities on the part of that coalition. >> shepard: the head of the syrian national coalition says they need military equipment. but the white house is still against arming the group. at the same time syrians say television reports a huge explosion rocked the main gate of the interior ministry in damascus and senior u.s. defense official says the syrian military is firing scud missiles at rebel fighters. think of that. the government firing scud missiles at its own people inside its own borders. the fox report jonathan hunt has this, live from the united nations. what else do we know about the scud missiles? >> according to the u.s. officia
weaponnization. that's consistent unfortunately with the notion that assad is really close to his last legs here, and it would be that point that he would be most likely to use chemical weapons against the opposition, so when you put all that together, it's a very dangerous mix. >> greta: wouldn't you expect that the obama administration would be talking to assad, maybe through some other country, some other means, to find a place, an exit strategy for him right now so he doesn't release the chemical weapons and make some sort of way to at least plan how to take -- how to secure them? >> well, again, if you believe some of the things people are saying about the russian role, they may well be trying to convince him to leave, but there's a real problem here because one thing he and others in his regime would insist on is to be immune from prosecution for various human rights violations, crimes against humanity. very hard to get that kind of immunity. >> greta: i thought we did that all the time. we have historically. i mean, some of these bad people have gotten safe haven places. >> we're in a dif
the civil war. there are new concerns the assad regime is preparing to use chemical weapons. let's get to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. barbara, how does this change the u.s. military's syria plan? are we talking u.s. troops, boots on the ground? >> well, not at this point, clearly, deb. but what we do know is that u.s. officials tell us that they are updating some of the military options for action against syria's chemical weapons capability, why are they doing this? of course, we chatted about this in the last several days. officials say they do have the intelligence now that syria has filled aerial bombs with deadly sarin gas. haven't moved it to airplanes yet, but this is very concerning because that, of course, would be the next step. so once you have the deadly bombs, the u.s. has to look at what the options could be, what they might want to target to essentially take out that kind of capabilities. so that's the options that are now being worked on. deb? >> i mean, the implications are just stunning that the assad regime would actually use deadly gas on its own people
will formally recognize the syrian opposition forces fighting with syrian president bashir al assad. here's what the president told barbara walters. >> we made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime. >> this, by the way, comes nearly a month oafter britain ad france recognized the coalition. the move is important to the coalition. it is looking to get rid of this man, al assad, but it doesn't mean washington will be giving them weapons any time soon. that is a huge sticking point. defense secretary leon panetta is saying there is no new intelligence indicating assad's regime is moving any closer to using the chemical weapons that had so many people on edge just earlier this week. >>> tonight, we are also learning that an american has been held in north korea for more than a month now. according to south korean newspapers, kenneth bayh is a tour operator who was detained after someone on his to
, everyone. i'm lynn berry. this week president obama puts syrian leader bahsar al assad on notice about the use of chemical weapons. and now we know why. pentagon sources tell nbc news that syria is preparing chemical weapons for the possible use against the military people in the form of aerial bombs. jim miklaszewski reports. >> reporter: as the fighting grows more intense and syrian rebels close in on damascus, the syrian regime has turned increasingly desperate. u.s. officials tell nbc news the syrian military loaded the precursor chemicals for sarn nerve gas into aerial bombs. that could be dropped from dozens of syrian fighter bombers. this week u.s. intelligence detected a flurry of activity at chemical weapons sites like this one. while u.s. officials confirm the precursor chemicals are loaded, they must still be mixed together to create the deadly sarin gas. the development shook the world. president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton issued strong warnings to syria's president assad that there would be serious consequences if he used chemical weapons. >> it's the poi
-propelled grenades and more tar fire are in the streets. supporters of bashar al-assad exchanging gunfire. more than a dozen people have been killed, more than 60 wounded. >> as unrest in other parts of the world, europe, in spain, a developing conflict over medical workers. they're taking to the streets to protest budgets cuts and plans to privatize hospitals in spain. thousands of demonstrators marched through madrid. critics say it would dismental spain's healthcare system but the government says cuts are necessary to secure health services during the recession. >>> the countdown continues. at this point there's just over three weeks until our nation potentially tumbles over what we call the fiscal cliff. john boehner says there's been no real progress in the negotiations between the white house and lawmakers on capitol hill. now he's accusing president obama of dragging his feet as the deadline looms. is more of the same in store for the week ahead? joining us, managing edit for of the hill. >> good morning. >> we talk about this happening and going over the cliff. speaker boehner accuses the wh
, that as of now, the bombs remain in the depots have not been loaded on the planes and president assad has not given the fatal order to attack, matt. >> hey, mick, a few days ago, president obama warned the syrian regime, if you use chemical weapons, quote, there will be consequences, and you will be held accountable. talk to me about any viable military options the u.s. has at its disposal right now. >> the preemptive strike is pretty much limited. ground troops out of the question. as syria has one of the most robust air defense systems in the world given to them by the russians. and cruise missiles could be launched but not against the missile sites themselves because that would indicate and could easily spread the deadly sarin gas. some have suggested, our, cruise missiles could be launched at regime targets. you know, but the solution to this may be occurring right now as we speak there in dublin where secretary of state hillary clinton is holding an unscheduled meeting with the russian foreign minister about syria. russia is syria's largest ally. if they can be convinced to withdraw
that the assad regime may be preparing to use chemical weapons against rebels now. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engle reports from syria's board we are tokyo. >> the fighting in damascus is intense. rebels in the streets gaining ground. a car bombing in the capital. a military barracks nearby, rebels claim, overrun. and the road to damascus airport syria's main international link cut off. this war 21 months in is now moving fast. as rebels advance, they're capturing syrian tanks and seizing new weapons, able to shoot down helicopters. even fighter jets challenging the regime's air superiority. in the capital bread lines in what has been the regime's stronghold. more lines in aleppo and little power. though assad still has the upper hand. rebels worry that the increasingly desperate dictator will resort to chemical weapons. that would be catastrophic for syrians and intolerable to syria's neighbors. chemical gas could drift across borders. neighboring turkey asked for and will get patriot missiles from naito, able to shoot down incoming rockets or aircraft. the assad regime
a clear message to syrian president bashar al assad, saying the u.s. now recognizes the rebel coalition fighting against assad's crumbling regime, the president made that declaration in an interview with abc's barbara walters. >> the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime. >> keep in mind here, what he just said, that doesn't mean that the u.s. will be arming the rebel forces. the declaration is just intended to be a showing of support. but all of this comes one day after a group of rebel fighters called the al nursa front are labeled a terrorist organizat n organization. some say this latest flurry of diplomacy was triggered by the threat that assad would use chemical weapons against his own people. cnn's arwa damon is in aleppo and has been trying to get close to this plant, believed to be one of syria's largest chemical weapons factories. watch this. >> reporter: in most of these villages, we don't d
assad will use them on his own people. >> if he would drop the gas, it would kill 100,000 people immediately and in damascus a million people could be affected. it is very serious. >> gretchen: fox news learns that the military drawing up contingency plans in case assad leaves syria. former chairman of chiefs of staff. admiral mike mullen's personal computer and his personal e-mail account was compromise aides insist no classified information was stored on the computers . the grammy concert held last night. kanye west and jay z tied for five nomination and taylor swift and llcool jay traded place it is. he took on her hit sopping. ♪ ♪ nashville. ♪ some day i'll be big enough so you can hit me. ♪ and all your ever going to be is me. ♪ why do you got to be so mean? >> gretchen: that's so great than kanye west interrupting taylor swift. ♪ got your hands up. ♪ you got your radio on. ♪ and every song. ♪ ♪ >> gretchen: and the 55th annual grammy awards will be held in los angeles. those are the headlines. >> steve: thursday morning, a long-time senator like you neve
developments this morning in syria as well. increasing the fear that bashar al assad's embattled regime may be preparing to use chemical weapons against its opponents. nbc news reports that syria's military loaded the component chemical for the deadly nerve gas cerron into bombs that could be used in fighter jets. they reported that syrian forces started combining chemical that could be used to make that gas for weapons. >>> here at home, big news in the state of washington. it's the first state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. voters approved a ballot initiative last month making it legal for adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. the new law took effect at midnight and people marked the occasion with a pot party at seattle space needle overnight. it's not a blanket license to smoke pot anywhere anytime. cnn's miguel marquez has been up all night, live in seattle for us. so it's not illegal to smoke marijuana but the whole distribution network of marijuana and the distribution and sale of marijuana is still illegal. there's a big asterisk here for recrea
there, bashar al assad. the group is called al nusra front. yes, we did speak of them yesterday. the analysts are saying these fighters have succeeded where others have failed because of their tactics. suicide attacks, car bombs, and just their real grittiness in their organization. but the united states says this group is a direct offshoot of al qaeda in iraq and that some of its fighters may have killed americans in the iraq war. >> we've had concerns that al nusra is little more than a front for al qaeda in iraq, who has moved some of its operations into syria. >> the u.s. administration's main concern is that al nusra could end up as the dominant rebel group fighting in syria and maybe the dominant leadership if and when president assad is defeated. and apparently as a result, the state department has now decided to designate al nusra as officially a terror organization, and that makes it illegal for americans to give that group money or training or weapons. it's a very odd position to be in, given that we are helping the opposition, at least so far, with some of the trainin
is not in favor of granting asylum to assad if he flees. with the civil war moving in on the capital of damascus, nato has approved turkey's use of the patriot anti-missile system along its border. the move comes amid growing fears syria will attack touree and/or israel, possibly with chemical weapons. >> an update now for you on the condition of the newly pregnant duchess of cambridge who is being treated for severe morning sickness. according to a statement from st. james palace, kate is, quote, continuing to feel better and that she and prince william are immensely grateful for the good wishes they have received. but there is still no word yet on when she will be discharged. >>> now your first look at this morning's dish of scrambled politics. word came overnight that long time texas democratic congressman jack brooks has died just days shy of his 90th birthday. he was part of one of the nation's most iconic photographs, that one, that's brooks in the upper right hand corn er of the picture as linde johnson took the oath of office following the assassination of kennedy. brooks had been in the
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